Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rocki Gorman White Agate & Pearl

How beautiful is this White Agate Rocki Gorman cross and pearl bracelet?
These pearl drop earrings are just fantastic....

Spode Grove for Christmas

Last chance for Spode Grove-we purchased the last place settings from Spode. A great bargain at $48.95 for a 5 piece place setting! And beautiful all year round and especially for Christmas. A special gift as well for someone who needs some beautiful China.
The salad plate has the traditional Christmas tree-the rest of the dishes do not have it-hence the wonderful bargain! We will ship to you-give us a call! 1-806-293-3588

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Apple Coral Rocki Gorman

We're loving this apple coral and sterling silver stamped jewelry by Rocki Gorman. The color is just beautiful!
How unusual is this black onyx bat with the traditional red coral eyes. The stamping is so unusual and beautiful. Come in and check out our case full for Christmas-send your husband in and we will gift wrap it beautifully for him! hint* hint*

Christmas 2010 Mailer

Check your mail as our Christmas postcard will be out soon! We've featured gift ideas as well as new items in it. Plus Mrs. Toddy's Lemon cake recipe with Stonewall's Lemon Curd....delicious!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas-Blue & White Transferware

How beautiful is this blue and white mixed with winter greenery and snowy branches? These antique large platters are so striking!
Love the red berries and snowy pinecone picks mixed with it...

So pretty and fresh!

Vintage Santas

Looking for that something special? Our vintage-looking Santas are so wonderul and old-looking. And so cute in lantern or inside a wintery cloche....

Beautiful Christmas Linens

Love these sheer silver metallic napkins over these solid red ones. Mixed with Juliska Pewterware...just beautiful. There sheer toppers come in red, silver, and chocolate and beautiful to mix with what you currently have.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Grandma Erma's Spirited Cranberry Sauce

Port and orange liquor add a spirited twist to traditional sweet-tart cranberry sauce. A delicious recipe in the latest Southern Living magazine.
Recipe: Grandma Erma's Spirited Cranberry Sauce

Click here for: 50 Simply Spectacular Thanksgiving Sides

There's something for everyone in this special collection of side dishes. Find familiar favorites, along with tempting new creations to try. And the top 5 side dishes including this one!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Château de Cormatin

Château de Cormatin is located in the countryside of Bourgogne and was built in 1610.
What a grand home it was and still is and everything around it is so beautiful! The Chateau was occupied by a very aristocratic and wealthy family many years ago.

The Chateau is surrounded by a mote and one time a draw bridge. A man by the name of
Jacques du Blé grew up here and died young during the religious wars in France.
Here are the formal gardens surrounding the property.

The kitchen garden which was more up my alley! The garden was filled with kale, cabbages, and turnips! Everything had twig trellises-so interesting!

This is the kitchen that was later moved closer to the bedrooms after the wars started. The family wanted the kitchen closer to the wing in which they were staying.

Copper pots hanging on wall...
This was the library which was decorated as it would have been in the 16th and 17th century.

What a wonderful place full of history and stories. Please visit their website at www.chateaudecormatin.com to see more pics.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Eiffel Tower At Night

On the hour in the evenings at dark the tower lights up and blinks-please check out video it's amazing!

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is so much larger in person-it's huge! And beautiful surrounded by Fall trees. This is looking out our window.

The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England, opened the tower. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, Gustave Eiffel's was unanimously chosen. However it was not accepted by all at first, and a petition of 300 names - including those of Maupassant, Emile Zola, Charles Garnier (architect of the Opéra Garnier), and Dumas the Younger - protested its construction.

Of the 7.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity used annually, 580 thousand are used exclusively to illuminate the tower. The tower's annual operation also requires the use of 2 tons of paper for tickets, 4 tons of rag or paper wipes, 10,000 applications of detergents, 400 liters of metal cleansers and 25,000 garbage bags.

The tower was almost torn down in 1909, but was saved because of its antenna used both for military and other purposes, and the city let it stand after the permit expired. When the tower played an important role in capturing the infamous spy Mata Hari during World War I, it gained such importance to the French people that there was no more thought of demolishing it.- used for telegraphy at that time.

From 1910 and on the Eiffel Tower became part of the International Time Service. French radio (since 1918), and French television (since 1957) have also made use of its stature.

During its lifetime, the Eiffel Tower has also witnessed a few strange scenes, including being scaled by a mountaineer in 1954, and parachuted off of in 1984 by two Englishmen. In 1923 a journalist rode a bicycle down from the first level. Some accounts say he rode down the stairs, other accounts suggest the exterior of one of the tower's four legs which slope outward.

Monday, November 1, 2010

French Countryside

Here is a pasture of Charlet cattle which originated from this part of France and are still bred and raised here. What a wonderful green pasture they have!

This was an old horse cart in the barn at Chateau Comatin-what stories this place could tell!

This tree looked so old and was so beautiful!

An alley of Fall trees and green grass...